After more than a year of gestation, today, on the 5th of November 2020, Ouverture, Collio Rosso, was born, the first red wine of the Barbieri Adele farm that joins its brother Preludio, Collio Bianco.
Ouverture was born in Collio as well, a land of red wines to be discovered, where the good winds of the Adriatic Sea and the Julian Pre-Alps meet, born from the encounter between a soil rich in minerals, composed of friable marl and blocks of sandstone dating back to millions of years ago, historic native vines by adoption and the best Italian winemaker of the year.
Ouverture was put on the market after 12 months of aging in French oak barrels of 225 liters of second passage and 1 month of aging in bottle. It is a 100% Collio Rosso Doc Collio of Merlot from vineyard of 1969. 1,200 bottles were produced.
The vineyard of our property from which the wine is born is located in the Collio, in Novali in the DOC area of Cormons, at an altitude of about 80 meters above sea level, facing south-east. The type of soil is “ponca”, and the system of training and pruning of the vine is Guyot. The vines are more than 50 years old, their density is 4000 vines per hectare and the yield is 35hl per hectare. The harvest took place on the 28th of September 2019 with manual harvesting in 20 kg crates.
The vinification process began with destemming without crushing followed by maceration for 20 days. Fermentation took place in steel at a controlled temperature of 28 degrees for 6 days, with malolactic fermentation. The alcohol content is 13.50%, the total acidity is 5.50 g / l, the residual sugars are 1.10 g / l, the volatile acidity is 0.50 g / l and the pH is 3.55.
At sight it is intense, bright ruby red. The violet reflections denote youth and a great evolutionary potential.
On the nose, it is complex, fruit and flowers come together in a captivating bouquet but at the same time simple and inviting.
On the palate, the wine is structured and dynamic. A wine that combines the structure of important red wines with an easy and inviting drink. The tannic structure, sweet and ripe, gives the sip a persistence typical of great red wines.
Ouverture should be served at a temperature between 17° and 18°. Elegant and strong wine, balanced, with an intense aromatic outfit, it requires dishes of equal impact, therefore rich in aromas and sinuous persistence. It goes perfectly with barbecue red meats, lamb and venison, excellent with aged cheeses, perfect with first courses with hare and wild boar ragù. It also goes well with “fatty” fish such as cod and eel. Its dynamism, however, also allows it to be combined with cold cuts and cheeses for a quick snack. The Italian melodrama is its natural sound environment. Its structure and its body match this very special work of art, with a lively and immediate effect, “made of that Music which is called from Stendhal up to the present day Physical Music” in which Giuseppe Verdi stands out. This wine reaches its peak by listening to the strong contrasts, the passions, the characters of the protagonists of the works of its early maturity: from Macbeth to Trovatore, passing through Rigoletto and Traviata. However, he does not disdain an amused and joyful approach to the music of the more “gypsy” Brahms of the Hungarian Dances or the Quartet with piano n. 1.
Come and visit us at the farm to taste it, together with his brother Preludio, in the place where it comes from.